Travel Wisdom

How Bulgaria changed me

Last summer holiday I went to Bulgaria for two weeks. But it wasn’t like any vacation I had ever been on before, I volunteered in an orphanage there. Before I went there I didn’t really know what to expect and I was overall very curious about how much I would like it there. Well, I can you tell now that it was like nothing I had ever expected.

My love for travelling has become bigger

This year my love for travelling has really grown a lot. May this year I went to Lisbon, Portugal. Which is the most beautiful city I have visited so far, just so you know. That already made my love for travelling grow, but the time spent in Bulgaria, made it only grow more and more. It’s like with every new place I visit, I fall in love with travelling a little more.

My love for learning new languages has grown a lot

Last year I finished secondary school (which I was in for five years) and throughout the years I spent there, I always had language classes like English, German and French. The first two years I didn’t love those classes, neither did I hate them. I feel like I was just average at them. But the three years after that I feel like I became better at those classes and I also started liking them more. So that’s how slowly I started loving languages more. Now that I’m in university studying journalism, I don’t have any language classes anymore. And to be honest, I actually miss those classes a little.
When I was in Bulgaria I learned a little Bulgarian: I learned how to count from 1-20, how to say hello, goodbye and a few more words. In Bulgaria, they also use another alphabet, the Cyrillic alphabet. And while being there, I came up with the idea to learn Bulgarian and I had a lot of motivation and a good reason to do it because I want to go back there next year. I started studying the language around three months ago and I still enjoy doing it every day. I use the premium version of an app called Mondly and I also watch youtube videos. And I really feel like I’ve made a lot of process since the day that I started.

I have got more interested in Eastern-European countries

Whenever I hear people talking about travelling, I hear about North America, Asia, Western Europe etc. But an area that I barely hear of is Eastern-Europe. And now that I’ve been to Bulgaria and seen the country with my own eyes, I feel like Eastern-Europe is kind of underrated when it comes to travelling. Not every place there might be the most beautiful, but there certainly are a lot of places that do not look beautiful. No, actually they don’t look just beautiful, they look truly magical.

I have only come more to the realization that I really can’t dance 😂

Well, this is something that I’ve already known for years, but last summer it has only become clearer because we had to take Bulgarian folk dance classes in Bulgaria.

I have discovered how much I actually love old music

I have never listened a lot to old music, but there have always been certain old songs that I liked a lot more than most pop songs from nowadays. During a car ride on one of my last days in Bulgaria, I discovered a Bulgarian radio station with classic hits. It’s called Radio 1. And I really liked the music that was being played on that radio station. When I was back home, I looked the radio station up online and started listening to it. And guess what happened, I fell in love with it. I have never loved and appreciated old music as much as I do now. My favourite old song at the moment is ‘Stand by me by Ben E. King’, which is actually a song from the sixties, meaning it is already more than 50 years old. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

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    October 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I’m so excited to go next summer!
    9 months….it feels like 100 years

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      October 24, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Me too! That is so true!

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    Honey @ The Girl Next Shore
    January 27, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    I’m definitely hoping to visit bulgaria at some point – i’ve heard so much about this beautiful Eastern European country!

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    January 28, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I took a backpacking trip through Europe and my love for traveling grew there too so I can totally relate. I haven’t been to Bulgaria, but i’m kind of interested now. (And I totally love old music too! cool that you realized it!)

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    January 28, 2018 at 3:01 am

    That so great that you choose service during your vacation. I hope you continue to do well learning Bulgarian. I’m studying Hangul (Korean language) so I know how hard it is. Best of luck!

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    Anuradha Manjul
    January 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Great post. How an east European country changed one’s perspective. Good style

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    Sherrie Fabrizi Allbritten
    January 29, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Traveling helps us learn more about ourselves. It becomes like a thirst to see and do more. I am jealous you can learn different languages, it’s not an easy accomplishment- so good for you! I too have been interested in visiting more Eastern European countries, I find them fascinating!

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